Neighbours pick name for Portsmouth community hub

WHAT'S IN A NAME? Kathleen Parsons who has won a competition about the name  of the new Somers Town hub. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (131142-3)
WHAT'S IN A NAME? Kathleen Parsons who has won a competition about the name of the new Somers Town hub. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (131142-3)

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IT will be a futuristic-looking complex serving people’s needs.

Now neighbours have picked the name for Somers Town’s £12m community hub, which is due for completion next year.

Portsmouth residents and students were asked their thoughts on what it should be called and a short list of three names was drawn up.

A total of 501 people then had to choose between Somers Town Central, Somers Town Space and Somers Town People’s Centre.

Somers Town Central won after getting 192 votes.

Kathleen Parsons, 86, who lives in Ladywood House, Somers Town, was one of the ones who chose the winner.

She met with project officials and Portsmouth City Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson yesterday to talk about how things were going.

Kathleen was also presented with a £50 Argos voucher after being picked out of a hat by BAM Construction, which is doing the building work on behalf of the council.

‘I am very proud to have been one of the people who chose the winning name,’ she said.

‘It’s nice to think that we the community have been involved in the project.’

The hub will span Winston Churchill Avenue and is set to house a modern community centre with sports facilities and café, a new health centre and a youth club with an outdoor ball court.

Kathleen said: ‘It’s going to really suit the place.

‘I am looking forward to it opening and using it.

‘I intend to use the cafe and go to the community centre to do some exercises.

‘There’s a strong community spirit in my block. We have coffee mornings every day.’

Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘This is a local facility for local people, so it was only right that they chose the name.

‘It’s a great name and one that people love.

‘This is going to be a big place. The community centre that is already here is on its last legs, and so is the youth club.’